Former BiFab site at Arnish wins first external contract since takeover

The former BiFab fabrication facility in Arnish on the Isle of Lewis has won its first contract since being taken over by Harland and Wolff.

The site won a contract for fabricating four suction pipes for a subsea template of an energy project in the Black Sea.

The board is delighted by the new contract win despite the small size relative to the Saipem contract forming part of the company’s expected pipeline for this year.

It believes the win validates its strategy getting the Arnish facility into a state of operational preparedness for the wider renewables sector in the UK.

It will be fabricating four suction piles – two at seven and a half metres diameter and twenty metres length, and two at six metres diameter and twelve metres length.

The contract commences immediately and will last for approximately four and a half months.

Harland and Wolff said it is bidding for several deals to the first contract that the management believes will lead to work flowing through Arnish in the “coming weeks and months”.

The company’s Methill yard in Fife won a £26m deal with Saipem for the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore wind farm in the outer Firth of Forth to fabricate and load-out eight wind turbine generator jacket foundations in April

John Wood, group chief executive commented: “I am delighted to report that Arnish is now fully operational. We have taken the time to bring the site up to operational readiness. The works conducted by the local team have garnered positive reviews by clients who have inspected and audited the yard.

“Arnish offers something quite different compared to our other yards and, looking ahead, the specialist large rolling equipment is set to be booked for extended periods by clients given the vast array of projects that require large diameter rolling of steel.”

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